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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2015

LCO No. 8343

   
 

*SB0109508343SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

SEN. BOUCHER, 26th Dist.

SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist.

SEN. KANE, 32nd Dist.

SEN. FRANTZ, 36th Dist.

SEN. LINARES, 33rd Dist.

SEN. MARTIN, 31st Dist.

SEN. FORMICA, 20th Dist.

SEN. HWANG, 28th Dist.

SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th Dist.

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 1095

File No. 639

Cal. No. 359

"AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENTS ASSESSMENTS. "

Strike section 2 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 2. Section 10-14n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2015):

(a) As used in this section, "mastery examination" means [an examination or examinations] (1) for students enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, progress monitoring tests, approved by the State Board of Education, that measure essential and grade-appropriate skills in reading, writing [,] or mathematics, [or science] (2) for students enrolled in grade five, eight or ten, progress monitoring tests, approved by the State Board of Education, that measure essential and grade-appropriate skills in science, and (3) for students enrolled in grade ten, a nationally recognized college readiness assessment or assessments, approved by the State Board of Education, that measure essential and grade-appropriate skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

(b) (1) For the school year commencing July 1, [2013] 2015, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, and grade ten [or eleven] in any public school shall, annually, take a mastery examination in reading, writing and mathematics.

(2) For the school year commencing July 1, [2013] 2015, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grade five, eight [,] or ten [or eleven] in any public school shall, annually, in March or April, take a state-wide mastery examination in science.

(c) (1) Mastery examinations, as defined in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section, given to students enrolled in grades three to eight, inclusive, pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section, shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

(2) Mastery examinations, as defined in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, given to students enrolled in grade five, eight or ten, pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section, shall be provided by and administered under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

(3) For the school year commencing July 1, 2015, and each school year thereafter, a local or regional board of education may select, for purposes of the mastery examination given to students enrolled in grade ten, pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section, a nationally recognized college readiness assessment approved by the State Board of Education, provided such local or regional board of education provides written notice of such selection to the State Board of Education not later than October first of each school year. Such mastery examinations shall be administered by the provider of the nationally recognized college readiness assessment.

(d) The scores on each component of the mastery examination for each tenth [or eleventh] grade student may be included on the permanent record and transcript of each such student who takes such examination. For each tenth [or eleventh] grade student who meets or exceeds the state-wide mastery goal level on any component of the mastery examination, a certification of having met or exceeded such goal level shall be made on the permanent record and the transcript of each such student and such student shall be issued a certificate of mastery for such component. Each tenth [or eleventh] grade student who fails to meet the mastery goal level on each component of said mastery examination may annually take or retake each such component at its regular administration until such student scores at or above each such state-wide mastery goal level or such student graduates or reaches age twenty-one.

(e) No public school may require achievement of a satisfactory score on a mastery examination, or any subsequent retest on a component of such examination as the sole criterion of promotion or graduation. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 2

July 1, 2015

10-14n